Tag: Nick Pinkerton

  • Parker

    Hollywood hasn’t butchered Parker—which is to say that it has let him remain a butcher. The protagonist of a series of thrillers by the author Donald Westlake, writing under the pseudonym Richard Stark, Parker the man is the supreme predator in the criminal jungle. Based on Flashfire, the 19th book in the series, Parker the […]

  • Movie 43 Will Be Passed Around Sixth Grade Classrooms for Years to Come

    I saw an opening-day matinee of Movie 43 at a theater where they hadn’t bothered to put the title on the marquee, with a sparse audience composed entirely of single men, one of whom was puffing on a no-tobacco e-cigarette throughout. When I got home, I discovered that a pigeon had shit in my hair. […]

  • Our School: Seriously, People Still Hate Gypsies?

    Movies prefer to reconfirm that education can be inspirational and enlightening, but the documentary Our School focuses on an insoluble case. Beginning in 2006, Mona Nicoara and crew started shooting in the Transylvanian hillside town of Targu Lapus. This was shortly after Romania had received a windfall of European Union funding, contingent on their integrating […]

  • Dragon (Wu xia)

    The roaring popular success of Peter Chan’s Wu xia in China—renamed Dragon for export—is no mystery: It’s an adept genre exercise with rare primal depths. Liu Jin-xi (Donnie Yen), a paper-mill worker and by all accounts a meek family man, blunderingly dispatches two bandits who attempt a robbery in his sleepy Yunnan Province village, and […]

  • The Collection

    A murkily directed bore “dealing” with the subject of serial killers and revenge only to reconfirm to its horror-fanboy audience that both are totally badass, The Collection doesn’t have much to recommend it beyond a first-reel bloodbath rivaling Blade and Death Ship. When the massacre’s lone survivor, Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick), is taken hostage by the […]

  • Silent Night

    As the Christmas-set horror movie is a subgenre to itself by now, it is almost touchingly naive when Silent Night kicks off with a gruesome double murder soundtracked by yuletide standard “Up on the Housetop,” as though this juxtaposition is going to seriously blow some minds. A loose remake of 1984’s killer-Santa novelty rental Silent […]

  • NYFF: Pablo Larrain’s No and the Marketing of Freedom

    Today the tireless Nick Pinkerton is back with a look at the fascinating — and hard-to-Google — No. em>No Directed by Pablo Larrain Screens Friday, Oct. 12th at 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13th at 3:00 p.m. Against Argo‘s opening weekend, the NYFF has (one imagines, unconsciously) counter-programmed another film with the art of writing […]

  • Here Comes the Boom

    Here Comes the Boom confronts the crisis in our nation’s public schools, and multiplexes, for even an affable, saccharine, rudimentarily functional comedy that looks like top of the class today. When impending budget cuts threaten to cancel his school’s extracurricular programs, coasting biology teacher Scott Voss (Kevin James) is galvanized into action, deciding to assay […]

  • Taken 2

    The one surefire punchline in Taken 2 is unintended, a bitter laugh. Ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), delivering his trademark crisis-control cell phone coaching to his much-imperiled daughter (Maggie Grace), commands: “I want you to go to the U.S. embassy. You’ll be safe there.” Wrapped before recent embassy sieges spurred by the trailer for […]

  • House at the End of the Street

    A proficient suburban thriller that distributor Rogue has left to sell itself through the inducement of Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence’s presence, House at the End of the Street has at its center the almost-universal experience of teenage mortification at one’s family. New kid Elissa (Lawrence), for example, is appalled at the behavior of her mother […]